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When Donald “Don” Opstad, ’60 DVM, passed away unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1982, his death touched classmate Richard “Dick” Olson and Dick’s wife, Delores. In their undergraduate years, Don and Dick were FarmHouse fraternity brothers. Years later, the Olsons’ son was born the morning of Don’s marriage to his wife, Lorraine. “The Opstads were godparents to our son, Davee,” says Dick. “Although the Opstads had moved to southern California, where Don practiced in San Luis Obispo, we kept in contact.”
Gary Neubauer, ’78 DVM, didn’t seek a career in veterinary medicine. Veterinary medicine found Neubauer as an undergraduate student in an unexpected place—majoring in broadcasting and communications at the University of Minnesota in the early 1970s.
University of Minnesota researchers are collaborating to find new applications for groundbreaking cold plasma research
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) costs the US swine industry more than $580 million each year. First described in North Carolina, Iowa, and Minnesota in the late 1980s, the virus rapidly spreads through swine barns and is one of the industry’s biggest game changers. Since its emergence in the United States, scientists have worked to reduce its risk to swine.
After the August 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ reported that 97.3 percent of veterinarians in the workforce in 2013 were white—the highest of any profession—many US veterinary medical colleges began taking steps to ensure that future veterinarians will look like the changing American population. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine aims to become a leader in attracting students from marginalized backgrounds, or backgrounds that are underrepresented in veterinary medicine. Scholarships present an opportunity for a step toward this goal.
Preliminary data gathered at the conclusion of the 2018 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) cycle has shown an increase in demand for admission to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) member institutions.